ERIC Number: EJ890429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Youth Experience of Trying to Get off the Street: What Has Helped and Hindered
Brown, Tracy L.; Amundson, Norman E.
Canadian Journal of Counselling, v44 n2 Article 389 2010
This qualitative study involved 20 youth (18 males, 1 female, 1 transgender, ages 19-24) living in Vancouver, British Columbia, who reported 259 critical incidents of what helped or hindered their experiences as they tried to get off the street. What helped included (a) taking responsibility, (b) engaging in constructive activities, (c) friends and family support, (d) changing drug and alcohol use, (e) support from professional organizations, (f) disillusionment with street life, (g) dreams and hope for a different future, (h) income assistance, and (i) leaving negative influences behind. What hindered included (a) drugs and alcohol; (b) emotional struggles; (c) lack of support; (d) enjoyment of homelessness; (e) limited formal education, life skills, and employment; and (f) income assistance difficulties. The results are discussed in relation to implications and recommendations for practice, limitations, and future research.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Drinking, Foreign Countries, Welfare Recipients, Incentives, Youth, Barriers, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Financial Problems, Youth Problems, Social Support Groups, Helping Relationship, Social Services, Drug Use
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada